Draper University offering scholarships to Arizona entrepreneurs

Accelerated entrepreneurship bootcamp Draper University (DU) is partnering with Hool Coury Law to offer six scholarships to Arizona startup entrepreneurs to attend DU in the fall semester. “We look forward to providing the best Silicon Valley experience to entrepreneurs in the Arizona ecosystem,” said Carol Lo Jillson, the Chief Operating Officer of DU. “We are … Read more

Zenefits to house 1,000 employees in new Tempe expansion office

Co-written with Chloe Nordquist Five floors, 135,000 square feet and 1,000 employees are some of the astonishing numbers Zenefits included in their latest expansion announcement. The free, cloud-based human resources technology company is opening its second greater Phoenix area office at Tempe Hayden Ferry Lakeside complex this fall. Zenefits decided to expand due to its … Read more

Broken Window Studios releases Reflections, an open world narrative video game, on STEAM – video

Video contribution Austin Paetow Broken Windows Studio known for their flagship video game GRAVE, released their latest creation Reflections on STEAM (PC/Mac/Linux) as an early access title. Reflections is an open world dynamic narrative where every decision changes the progression of the game, Tristan Parrish Moore, co–founder Broken Window Studios, said. [youtube]https://youtu.be/gN3JrCC3gZ8[/youtube] Tristan Moore and demo of Reflections … Read more

Tempe's American Green acquires leading RFID co. TrackX

Tempe, Arizona’s American Green Inc., announced today that it has completed an acquisition agreement with Denver-based TrackX, LLC, one of the country’s leading providers of complete Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking and cloud-based physical asset management systems. American Green anticipates that TrackX is positioned to be the premiere RFID-enabled asset tracking and supply chain solutions … Read more

DriveTime to hire 650 employees with dozens in technology

Phoenix-based DriveTime Automotive Group, the nation’s largest used car dealer and financing company, plans to hire 650 full-time employees in Arizona over the next 12 months and dozens of IT professionals, according to the company. To house all of these employees, they are building a new corporate headquarters in Tempe, AZ, at the new Liberty Center at … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus review

Photo contribution Shane D Rymer The new Aurvana In-Ear3 Plus earphones by Creative promises to bring a high-end studio sound with noise-isolation and more to a conveniently sized set of earphones with in-line remote and microphone. While these earphones are not specifically targeted to video production, we asked our Creative Director and a member of the professional … Read more

UA named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University

The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) this week announced 18 institutions across the United States made the 2015 Class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities. According to APLU, the designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, … Read more

Valley transit services weigh-in on UBER’s gun-free zone

On-demand transit services are in the spotlight for their safety policies-with a particular focus on gun-free zones. In lieu of an incident where a Chicago UBER driver put his concealed weapon permit to use and shot at a man who opened fire on a group of people in Logan Square, according to the Chicago Sun Times, UBER … Read more

Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2015

According to the White House, the Millennial generation (a.k.a. Generation Y) is now the largest, most diverse generation in the United States population. With birth years ranging from the early 1980s to early 2000s, millennials have grown up and are now entering the working world. Fortune magazine has created a list (in partnership with Great … Read more

Communication platform Ryver launches public beta to help teams find their flow

After scrolling through multiple collaborative channels and reading through hundreds of emails, the endless time suck leaves little room for actual work. Ryver, a new cloud-based, team collaboration, communication platform launched its public beta to compete in the enterprise tech market and bring some sense of sanity to our overloaded inboxes. The company formerly known as Contatta, … Read more

Weekend Reads: Miss Jessie's, Keep the Change & Unretirement

If you can’t spend your summer days outside, relax on the couch with a glass of iced tea, an efficient ceiling fan and Weekend Reads.     Starting a business is the worst, most difficult, wonderful, magnificent thing you’ll ever do. But, starting a business isn’t for the faint of heart. In the new book … Read more

DUFL takes baggage claim out of business travels, raises $3M

Video contribution by Austin Paetow With airlines attempting to shrink the size of carry-ons, business travelers are going to face more checked baggage fees, hassles at the airport and increased concern of airlines losing their luggage. Tempe-based DUFL, a premium, travel valet service, packs and ships ones’ clothes to a destination. CEO and founder DUFL, … Read more

Top 10 finalists revealed for Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

It’s coming down to the wire for the Spring 2015 Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Arizona Innovation Challenge. Who will win the $250,000 to build their business? Today, 10 finalists were announced, and software and science took the majority of spots as finalists.   Beacon Biomedical –  is a medical diagnostic device that provides easy, accurate and affordable blood … Read more

Next gen police body cameras turn on automatically

In a quest to maximize public trust and improve accountability, police departments have been purchasing body cameras for their officers. The outcry for body cameras was sparked by the death two unarmed black men, Michael Brown and Erik Garner, killed by white police officers. TASER, a Scottsdale-based smart weapons and technology development company for law enforcement, is … Read more

STEAM festival draws 380,000 attendees

Imagine a STEAM festival that attracted close to five times the number of attendees that could fit in the University of Phoenix Cardinal stadium. The Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide celebration of STEAM that ran February to March of this year, released their report on the positive impact the Festival had on the community. In collaboration with over … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Father's Day edition

Impress your Dad by getting him one of the hottest tech gadgets on the market today! Father’s Day is right around the corner so get shopping!   frē by Lifeproof The frē case by Lifeproof is the perfect iPhone 6 case for the clumsy or adventurous Dad. The case is submersible to 6.6 feet of … Read more

Smart Armor expands home and on-the-go product lines

Story Contribution: Thomas Hawthorne Knowing that your valuables are being stored safely and securely is a necessity for anyone. With Smart Armor, a new technology startup, the company aims to solve that issue with their new line of home and on-the-go products. CEO Justin Zastrow and COO Ira Hayes discuss how their products work using Bluetooth … Read more

Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant helping little girls change the world – interview

Photo contribution by Vianka Villa Kimberly Bryant spent years in the corporate world as a software engineer climbing up the ranks in a field where very few women of color, and women in general, held a seat in the boardroom. In an interview with Oprah, Bryant talked about her first engineering job where her manager (who … Read more

Meet AVA, the next ed tech superhero for school-age children

A child with the inability to see and hear well in a classroom setting has been correlated to poor performance in school. For Arizona schools, hearing screening tests for school-age children are mandatory. If a child fails a screening test, the current process is to send a flier home with the child and hope for the best, leaving … Read more